Influential guitarist strikes a chord
Wes Montgomery Boss Guitar (Riverside, recorded 1963)
ONE of the most influential guitarists ever, Wes Montgomery was at the height of his powers in 1963 and in this reissue the accent is on his warm, melodic solos, with the organ playing a modest role and Cobb's sturdy drumming forming the backbone.
Mancini's Days of Wine and Roses is played with romantic yearning, while two originals, Trick Bag and Fried Pies, get a brisker, brighter treatment. The only negative aspect of this album is that four of the 11 tracks fade out instead of ending properly.
Bill Evans Trio Waltz for Debby
(Riverside, recorded 1961)
THIS is a reissue of a reissue, so some readers may have it already. A superb example of the Evans-LaFaro-Motian trio's work, it was recorded live at the same concert as the preceding album, Sunday at the Village Vanguard.
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AN original and creative singer, Christine Tobin is visiting Ireland and is in the John Field Room next Thursday night. She will sing Carole King tunes under the title 'Tapestry Unravelled', accompanied by Liam Noble (piano).